Author Archives: Tim Martin

Mason City Caretaker Accused of Taking Advantage

Mason City Caretaker Accused of Taking Advantage

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) – A Mason City caretaker is accused of sexually assaulting two of his clients. Cerro Gordo County Court records say 19-year-old Wasfie Alshara is charged with two felony counts of sexual abuse. He remained in jail as of this (Thur) morning. The records say Alshara raped one of his clients on…Read more »

Northwest Iowa Flooding Brings in Invasive Carp

Northwest Iowa Flooding Brings in Invasive Carp

CHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say floodwaters from the swollen Little Sioux River have carried an invasive fish into a northwest Iowa city lake. The silver carp from Asia – also known as jumping carp – have landed in Spring Lake Park in Cherokee, thanks to a broken overflow line. City conservationist Nick Livermore says…Read more »

Cedar Rapids Vets Show How to Dispose of Flags Correctly

Cedar Rapids Vets Show How to Dispose of Flags Correctly

Clutched to their chests, they carried them to a fire pit and carefully lowered them into the flames and saluted. A solemn crowd watched that process nearly 70 times last(Wednesday) night, as veterans properly disposed of worn and tattered American Flags near New Covenant Bible Church in Cedar Rapids. Representing their country, their veterans and…Read more »

Still Need More Parking: CF Planning & Zoning Commission

Still Need More Parking: CF Planning & Zoning Commission

A shortage of parking under the City’s current rules is still a bone-of-contention in discussions about a proposed apartment complex and retail development in the College Hill area of Cedar Falls. The Planning & Zoning Commission got a look at a revised site plan last(Wed) night, a layout that would provide more parking than the…Read more »

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. to Close 269 Outlets Worldwide

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. to Close 269 Outlets Worldwide

None of the stores are in Iowa, but Wal-Mart, Incorporated announced this(Thur) morning plans to close 269 of its various outlets in the U-S and around the world, due to the changing retail climate. 154 of the locations are in this country, including 102 Walmart Express stores, the company’s smallest outlets. Also to be shut…Read more »

Private Health Management Co’s Campaign for Country View

Private Health Management Co’s Campaign for Country View

Nothing’s been decided yet, but both health care management companies that have bid on the Black Hawk County-owned Country View care center made pitches to the Board of Supervisors during a work session yesterday(Tues). Pritok Capital of Chicago, which operates 12 nursing homes in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and Texas, and has offered the county…Read more »

Chas. City Woman Gets 10 Years, Suspended, for Bank Theft

Chas. City Woman Gets 10 Years, Suspended, for Bank Theft

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) – A northern Iowa woman who pleaded guilty to stealing from a bank has been given probation and a suspended prison sentence of 10 years. Floyd County District Court records say 34-year-old Cassandra Lane was sentenced Monday to five years of probation and ordered to pay more than $17,000 in restitution.…Read more »

College Hill Apartment/Retail Proposal to be Revisited

College Hill Apartment/Retail Proposal to be Revisited

Cedar Valley developer Brent Dahlstrom’s revised design for a nearly 62,000 square foot residential and retail complex at College and 22nd Streets will be re-introduced at this(Weds) evening’s Cedar Falls Planning & Zoning Commission meeting. The City rejected the original design of the five-story development in February because it didn’t include enough parking to meet…Read more »